Dylan Chivian

Oct. 10, 2008

Deep Bacterium Goes it Alone

Researchers studying a sample of bacteria from water taken from a crack in a South African gold mine -- nearly 3 kilometers below the surface of the Earth -- have found that the ecosystem in the crack consists of only one organism.

dna, genetics, ecology, extremophiles, bacteria, bacterium

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